Brian Redman in the Carl A. Haas Racing Teams Ltd at Mosport Park in 1975. Copyright Norm MacLeod 2016. Used with permission.

SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 1975

F5000 continued to benefit from USAC's involvement with a second season of the Brian and Mario Show, the continuing plot being that Mario Andretti's Vel's Parnelli Lola T332 was fractionally quicker but Brian Redman's Haas-Hall T332 was more reliable, and the pair again shared the victories before the Englishman retained his title. Al Unser joined the VPJ team and became the closest challenger and only other race winner.

The Shadow team joined F5000, now that the SCCA had killed off Can-Am, and reigning Can-Am champion Jackie Oliver was highly competitive in the new F5000 Shadow DN6, but Bobby Unser had the opposite experience in the Eagle 755 and left AAR, to be replaced by Vern Schuppan. New Tasman champion Warwick Brown went well in the McRae-based Talon, and John Cannon worked wonders in a bitza March.

Promoters were now paying much more attention to F5000, and the Long Beach Grand Prix in September was televised nationally. Could this be the foundation for a long and successful history for the formula?

The races

01 Jun 1975 > Purolator 5000 at Pocono (road course)

15 Jun 1975 > Labatt's Blue 5000 at Mosport Park

13 Jul 1975 > Watkins Glen

27 Jul 1975 > Road America

10 Aug 1975 > Mid-Ohio

31 Aug 1975 > Atlanta Grand Prix at Road Atlanta

28 Sep 1975 > Long Beach Grand Prix

12 Oct 1975 > Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca

26 Oct 1975 > California Grand Prix at Riverside

1975 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship table

1Brian RedmanLola T332 - Chevrolet V8
Lola T400 - Chevrolet V8
227 pts4 wins
2Mario AndrettiLola T332 - Chevrolet V8165 pts4 wins
3Al UnserLola T332 - Chevrolet V8161 pts1 win
4Jackie OliverShadow DN6 - Chevrolet V8
Shadow DN6 - Dodge V8
77 pts 
5Eppie WietzesLola T400 - Chevrolet V860 pts 
6David HobbsLola T332 - Chevrolet V850 pts 
7Warwick BrownTalon MR-1A - Chevrolet V842 pts 
8Vern SchuppanEagle 755 - Chevrolet V838 pts 
9BJ SwansonLola T332 - Chevrolet V832 pts 
10Tony BriseLola T332 - Chevrolet V817 pts 
11John MortonLola T400 - Chevrolet V8
Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8
15 pts 
12John CannonMarch 73A/751 - Chevrolet V813 pts 
13=Elliot Forbes-RobinsonLola T332 - Chevrolet V812 pts 
13=Chris AmonTalon MR-1A - Chevrolet V812 pts 
15Jon WoodnerLola T400 - Chevrolet V8
Talon MR-1A - Chevrolet V8
11 pts 
16Evan NoyesLola T332 - Chevrolet V810 pts 
17=Graham McRaeLola T332 - Chevrolet V87 pts 
17=Tony DeanChevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V87 pts 
17=Jerry KarlLola T332 - Chevrolet V87 pts 
17=John GunnLola T332 - Chevrolet V87 pts 

The points table is derived from Wolfgang Klopfer's excellent Formula A and Formula 5000 in America p50.